Despite an up-and-down season, the Long Island Rough Riders women’s team advanced to the United Women’s Soccer East Conference semifinals.
Long Island finished the 2019 campaign at 5-6-0 overall and in fourth place in the conference.
Here are the five nominees for the Rough Riders 2019 UWS Player of the Year.
Buck was the epitome of consistency for the Rough Riders this season, playing in all 10 regular-season games and logging a team-high 810 minutes. The versatile defender scored in the 6-0 win against Worcester on June 5.
“Amanda played every game and barely missed a practice session,” head coach Karim Diallo said. “She defended very well and gave us some offense when we needed it as well. She’s the kind of player coaches dream of having on their team because of her work ethic. She’s a great teammate as well.”
Tesoriero was an integral player in the midfield for the Rough Riders this season. She was strong on the ball and didn’t let bigger players outmatch her for possession. Tesoriero had a goal in the 3-1 win against Syracuse DA on July 6 that solidified Long Island’s place in the East Conference semifinals.
“She gives us an enormous amount of energy in the middle of the field,” Diallo said. “She’s also very coachable and played a few other positions for the team which makes her an unselfish teammate who will do whatever it takes for the good of the team.”
Marra utilized her speed and work rate to help jumpstart Long Island’s attack from midfield. The team captain had a pair of goals on the season despite dealing with multiple injuries.
“With her deep runs behind the opponent’s back line with or without the ball, Kim helped us stretch a lot of defenses which meant we could operate underneath if they drop their line,” Diallo said. “And if they didn’t we were able to get behind them.”
A newcomer for 2019, Daly joined the Rough Riders after the first game and fit right into the side as if she was there for years. The defender had an assist in the 6-0 win against Worcester on June 5.
“Mia is very smiley off the field but is all business on it,” Diallo said. “She was tough when defending 1-v-1 and was also aware of what we did defensively as a team. She also has good attacking instincts which we relied on sometimes going forward.”
The 2016 UWS Defensive Player of the Year returned to the Rough Riders after a few seasons away. Eagan utilized her experience to help the team not only defensively as a member of the back line, but as a leader as well.
“Her comfort on the ball meant we could also play her in the middle of the field to help us link the defense to the offense when we built out of the back,” Diallo said. “Her leadership on the field helped when things got tough at times.”
BY: Michael LoRé